February 26, 2004

Navy promotes SIUC graduate to rear admiral

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. - Brian G. Brannman, a 1979 graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, was recently promoted to rear admiral in the U.S. Navy.

Brannman is director of the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps, and Deputy Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Fleet Operations and Support.

Mr. Brannman's promotion to the rank of rear admiral and his distinguished record of service in the U.S. Navy speak loudly of his extraordinary personal qualities and of the quality of SIUC graduates," said Paul D. Sarvela, interim dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts.


A native of National City, Calif., Brannman enlisted in the Navy after graduating from high school in Manhattan, Mont. He subsequently earned a bachelor's degree in health sciences administration from SIUC.

In 1979, following completion of a graduate degree in management from Webster College, Brannman received a direct appointment into the Navy's Medical Service Corps. In 1985, he earned a master's degree in administrative science (financial management) at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif.

Among Brannman's duties in the Navy have been serving as director of programs on the staff of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (health budgets and programs). Beginning in

July 1996, Brannman was executive officer at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Wash., and concurrently served as commanding officer, Fleet Hospital, FIVE. He deployed with Fleet Hospital, FIVE to Haiti from February to August 1997 in support of Operation Restore Democracy/Exercise Fairwinds. In 1998, he assumed command of the U.S. Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan.

Brannman is the recipient of the U.S. Navy Legion of Merit Award, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, and various other service and unit awards.

Brannman lives in the Washington, D.C. area.